Until May this year, Prof Ayeni had been a Commonwealth employee for more than 10 years, the last three as director of its Governance and Institutional Development Division (GIDD)--more or less the "governance czar" of the Commonwealth.
But unbeknown to Ayeni, McKinnon, using his sweeping powers as secretary general, had decided way back in August 2003 that the Nigerian's three-year contract as director of GIDD would not be renewed, come rain or shine.
"[Ayeni] has worked in academic roles and in GIDD and has significant intellectual credibility in this area," the panel wrote.
Whilst GIDD had the mandate to address the issues around gender mainstreaming in the PRSP, the limited capacity, technically, financially, materially and in terms of skilled human resources in gender mainstreaming resulted in the dilution of gender issues in the paper.
The political will around gender and development should be strengthened and demonstrated and this should be spearheaded by GIDD, CSOs and all other stakeholders.
"To rub salt in the wounds, Trevor Tate who would have taken Gidd's place is injured too.
GIDD WELL SOON Gareth Fulton broke his leg in the final DEVASTATED Banbridge Rangers boss Dan Thornton
This rocked the home side, and they were soon 3-0 down after a quick-fire double from Gidd.
Soon after the break it was four when Stevie Gidd was put through to score his fourth in three games.
Subsequently, Stevie Gidd
opened the scoring after being released by McShane.
Craigpark took an early lead, but this spurred on the Stute and Gidd got the equaliser after a fine ball from Kelly caused chaos in the box.
The first ten minutes of the second half then proved vital as Stute got two quick fire goals from McClements and Gidd Jnr.